Getting to Venice

aereosmallBy Plane

The main airport is Marco Polo Airport which is about 12 km North of Venice on the edge of the lagoon. Some flights and charters arrive at Treviso Airport which is about 30 Km West of Venice.

Marco Polo airport  is connected to the city, by land, by several bus routes and by taxis, and, by sea, by the Alilaguna Traghetti and by water taxis.

The main reseller of public transport tickets, HelloVenezia, has a desk located in the arrivals hall (it is a very small hall so you will easily find it). You can buy your ticket to Piazzale Roma or other VeniceCard products there (6,50 € – one way 75′, 12,00 € – round trip/return 75’. It is also possible to purchase a one way bus+vaporetto ticket for the bus to Piazzale Roma and a one way vaporetto trip within a total of 90’ at a cost of €13.00). Busses and taxies are immediately outside the arrivals hall, on the ground level.

The ACTV n. 5 bus runs every 15 minutes most of the day, and takes 20-25 minutes to reach Piazzale Roma (or vice versa) with few stops along the route.

The harbour from where ferries and water taxies leave is about 10/15 minute walk from the arrivals hall. From the arrivals hall exit turn left and follow the street until the dock. A free shuttle bus should run every ten minutes, connecting the terminal building the harbour, but sometimes they are discontinued.

If you have heavy luggage you can take a luggage trolleys. They are self-service and require a 1€ coin deposit, which can be recovered upon leaving the trolley at the dock area.

The Alilaguna ferries to Venice runs from the Airport to Venice and vice versa: The boat stops in the major point of interests in Venice centre (check routes and timetable in the website). You can buy a Venice airport ferry ticket on line or at the Alilaguna desk in the arrivals hall.

The price is15€ one way, 27€ return per person. This is a shared boat and not a private water taxi so a minimum of 2 passengers are required and you may wait to fill up.  The Alilaguna Airport Link takes about 30 minutes to reach the city center.

If you have very heavy luggage, or if you’re travelling in a group, you may decide to hire a private water taxi directly to your hotel or, if it doesn’t have canal entrance, to the canal side closest to the hotel. They can be booked at the Consorzio Motoscafi Venezia desk in the arrivals hall at the airport or you can call them (Operational call centre active 24 hours a day: telephone +39 041 5222303). You can also book in advance on the Consozio website, or just walk to the harbour and take the taxi directly there. There are usually several waiting to be hired. The hire charge includes up to 4 passengers and all their luggage. Extra passengers up to the limit of the water taxi (about 12) carry a small surcharge – the official rate for any extra passenger is €1.60 (check here the fares, and in any case, check the price with the taxi driver before the departure)

Antonio Canova Airport in Treviso is Venice second airport where charter flights and low cost airlines like Ryanair arrive. It is situated at about 30 kilometres from Venice and is connected to the city with buses of the ATVO bus company and by taxis. Travel time by bus to Piazzale Roma is about 1 hour.

Ticket costs 10€ one way or 18€ for a return ticket. You can purchase the ticket on-line, at discounted price, at the ATVO ticket office in the arrivals hall, open from 7.30am to 10.30pm, or at the automatic ATVO ticket  machine in the arrivals baggage hall.

In Venice you can purchase the ticket at the ATVO ticket office in Piazzale Roma, at the automatic ATVO ticket  machine outside the ticket office and in some other agencies in Piazzale Roma (Novo Tour Agency, Botazzo Tobaconist’s, Chiosco di Pluff’ newsagent).

If you don’t want to take the bus you can take a taxi. They wait just outside the arrival hall and the price to Piazzale Roma is about 70€.

It is important to remember that on Sundays, holidays, early mornings and late nights, much public transportation in and around Venice operates on different time schedules. This is especially important if you have to  take very early morning flights. The vaporetti operate a slightly reduced night schedule from midnight to 5 am; the ACTV n.5 bus from Marco Polo Airport to Piazzale Roma starts at 4.08 am, from Piazzale Roma to the airport at 4.35 Monday-Saturday, and on Sunday at 5:40 am; the ATVO bus from Treviso Airport to Venice begins only at 7.45 am, and from Venice to the airport at 5.30am. Then you may be forced to take a taxi or a water taxi to the airport (night/early morning water taxi price is about 100-120€).

By Train

Trains arrive at Santa Lucia Train Station on the edge of the Grand Canal. It is a small train station in a beautiful location, just in front of San Simeon Piccolo and the Scalzi Bridge.

From there you can walk, take a water taxi or take the Vaporetto. There is a Vaporetto stop right in front of the train station.

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